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Directed by arts festival regular Bongani Diko and choreographed by the dancers themselves, Trapped in the Past is a vibrant piece exploring the history, origins and culture of Pantsula and Kwaito dance. The piece comes alive with the use of a thrust stage, but could have some differentiation of music. Dancers enjoy delivering the piece and their energy is appropriately received by the audience. A highly enjoyable piece.

Directed by arts festival regular Bongani Diko and choreographed by the dancers themselves, Trapped in the Past is a vibrant piece exploring the history, origins and culture of Pantsula and Kwaito dance. The piece comes alive with the use of a thrust stage, but could have some differentiation of music. Dancers enjoy delivering the piece and their energy is appropriately received by the audience. A highly enjoyable piece. FM

Arts journalist Adrienne Sichel says pantsula is “very much an urban South African dance form”. Pantsula is the language of the township. Complicated rhythmic formations, gangster swagger and tsotsitaal (scamto) make up the vocabulary of this edgy dance form. Dressed in Converse All Star sneakers, the Poetic Ankles Mapantsula group showcase their fast-paced and complicated pantsula routines in Dlala Majimbozi. The group, part of the Ikhaya Theatre Company, is the oldest pantsula group in Grahamstown.

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